Ghaziabad On the first day of filing of nominations for the local body elections, only one candidate came to file his nomination for the post of councillor on Wednesday. The officials said more than 600 nomination forms were sold for posts in nine local bodies, including the Ghaziabad municipal corporation.The officials of the Ghaziabad administration said the single nomination was filed by an independent candidate for the post of councillor in Modi Nagar Nagar Palika.“For all local bodies, 73 forms were purchased by candidates for the post of mayor or for the post of chairman of nagar palikas. For the post of councillors for local bodies, 534 forms were purchased,” said the spokesperson at the election control room.The nominations for different local bodies are being received at three places — at MB Girls’ Inter College at Navyug Market, Maharshi Dayanand Inter College at Modi Nagar and Vardhman Inter College at Loni.“The first day was used by candidates to purchase nomination forms. During the day, we also visited different nomination centres and took stock of all arrangements. Except for a few hiccups in the systems at one place, the arrangements were found to be proper. We also held a meeting with police for strict enforcement of the model code of conduct,” said Ritu Maheshwari, district election officer, Ghaziabad.The officials said a majority of citizens who purchased the nomination forms on Wednesday were planning to contest as independent candidates. It is expected that this time too, the independents will be more in number.According to the state election commission records, a total of 10,492 candidates contested the 2012 elections for seats in 12 municipal corporations of the state. Of them, 8,413 candidates were independents.For the 12 posts of mayors, there were a total of 180 candidates. Of them, independents were 127.As for political parties, they are yet to announce their final list of candidates in Ghaziabad. The office bearers of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Ghaziabad unit said that they have received applications from 1,350 candidates for councillors and another 36 applications for the post of mayor. They are likely to finalise the list on November 3.The Aam Aadmi Party, which first declared a list of 37 candidates, later revised the number to 57. Party members said the final list, including the name of mayoral candidate, will be announced soon.